Augmented and virtual reality handed new glove

The Forte Data Glove from BeBop Sensors, incorporates haptics, wireless technology, and accurate rapid sensing with data rates at 150 frames per second and high sensor speeds of 500Hz.

Targeting the gaming and AR/VR environments the glove is an ultra-comfortable one-size-fits-all glove, conducive to lengthy augmented reality and virtual reality sessions owing to its light weight and open airy design. Sensor data and haptic commands communicate through Micro USB or Bluetooth wireless to the host device, with Micro USB also charging the internal lithium battery.

The glove provides super accurate rapid sensing with data rates at 150 frames per second, with lag eliminated, triggering approaches near instantaneous response times which suits it to the most demanding shooter scenario games.

The Forte Data Glove is the first high performance data glove available at a price on par with handheld motion sensing controllers, says BeBop. The glove features ten smart fabric bend sensors located above each knuckle with bend accuracy and repeatability +/- 1.5 degrees and high sensor speeds of 500Hz.

A nine-degree inertial measurement unit provides extremely low drift and reliable pre-blended accelerometer and gyro sensor data.

Haptic Feedback is a key component in an immersive virtual reality experience. Created by BeBop Sensors’ founder Keith McMillen, the Forte Glove can host up to 64 unique resident haptic sound files, with new files rapidly uploaded over Bluetooth or USB from the host.

The glove’s custom haptic actuators are non-resonant with a 4+ octave frequency response of 100Hz to 2000Hz. Six actuators are located on each of the four fingertips, thumb and palm, with the palm haptic conveying possession of an object.

The haptic signals can be pitch shifted and volume adjusted in real-time to aid in the impression of reality. Signals can loop continuously or operate in a single play mode. The actuators respond to standard MIDI API based commands for ease of integration into games and environments for OEMs.

The internal battery lasts for 15 hours of continuous Bluetooth connectivity while driving haptics to 100 per cent amplitude, says BeBop. The glove can be fully recharged in two hours or the game can be continued using USB simultaneously while the battery is charging.


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